The UK presents its plans to replace and abolish the regulation it copied from the European Union

UK and EU flags in Brussels, Belgium, December 9, 2020. Olivier Hoslet / Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit Minister David Frost said on Thursday Britain would start replacing or scrapping European Union regulations that have been transcribed into British law before it leaves the bloc.

In order to avoid uncertainty and confusion with the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union after 40 years, the government automatically transferred thousands of EU laws and regulations into UK law to continue to apply after Brexit.

“We now have an opportunity to do things differently,” Frost said in a statement.

He previously told the House of Lords in Parliament: “I want to be clear, our ultimate intention is to amend, replace or repeal all existing EU legislation which is not valid for the UK.”

Frost cited data rights, rules on GMOs, clinical trials and port services as examples of areas where the government plans to move away from EU regulations.

The government also said it plans to replace paper sharing certificates with digital ones, and introduce digital driver’s licenses.

“The government will go further and faster to create a highly competitive regulatory environment that supports innovation and growth across the UK,” Frost said.

(Reporting by Kayleigh McClellan and Elizabeth Piper; Editing by William James; Translated by Flora Gomez for the Gdansk Newsroom)

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